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Estela

4.6
217 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
In 2013, Thomas Carter and Ignacio Mattos took over the intimate space that once housed the Knitting Factory music venue and turned it into estela. Set above Houston Street, the lively restaurant serves a New-American menu, cooked with a personal approach that incorporates the many diverse experiences and cultures of New York City. There is a deep wine list, as well as a bar serving cocktails late into every evening.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Sun–Thu 5:30 pm–11:00pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:30 pm
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Phone number
(212) 219-7693
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ignacio Mattos
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mulberry / Mott Sts.
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Public transit
B, D, F, M at Broadway-Lafayette St.; 6 at Bleecker St.
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Special events & promotions
For parties of 6 or more, we offer a nightly prix-fixe menu.
Additional
Bar Dining, Cocktails, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 217 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

While flavor of the food is on point, the pricing in relation to the portions is more than lacking.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The best dinner I’ve had in New York !

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Brunch- food was awesome. Very unique.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was really good all the way up to the deserts they just tasted strange and we like when food is a little bit twisted. Service were good until the end also were our waitress totally lost us for no reason at all.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Loved the food. The service was amazing! Will come back for sure. Thanks for the great experience overall Estela!!

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

I am sorry to say that it was so loud and noisy in this restaurant , that we could not enjoy the food nor could we talk to anyone at our table... I would not recommend this place to anyone..

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

A fantastic NYC experience. Great food, atmosphere and service. I love this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

A little dark in back corner near wine bottles. We’re tucked in a cozy area but could not see food or menus away from lighting of larger area. Best meal and service ever!!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Good but noisy

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great meal once again. And they were very accomodating to my kids. Thanks.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Just eat here man, be ready to have a great time but know that you’re either balling out or you’re having a very light meal

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2.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I had high expectations based on reviews and my prior visit, but food was sub-par.
I ordered almond nuts, stake tar tar, ribs, stake and dumplings.
Everything other then stake was mediocre.
On service:
we were seated, then host came over to ask what name was under my reservation as if gearing up to kick us out.
At the end the server spilled wax all over my coat -- not intentional and I didn't realize the extend of coverage until I got home, but definitely added to my aggravation.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Really an amazing experience! The food is outstanding and very creative, but it is usually very crowded and the noise level is can be really high.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The food, though not Spanish, is served tapas-style in plates meant to be shared at the table, so, for a group of four, we ordered ten different items (plus four desserts on top of that). Without exception, every single dish was original, complex and creative, with flavors that combined and even changed while on the palate -- yielding a "wow" reaction with every bite. If any sauce remained in the dish, we spooned it up so as not to waste a drop of goodness. I liked them all so much that I would have a hard time selecting favorites, but certainly do not miss the crab and seaweed salad, the steak tartare, and the fluke and sea urchin. The glowing professional food critic reviews of Estela and Chef Mattos's work are well deserved -- dining here is a truly remarkable and memorable experience, all for a surprisingly affordable price for a highly regarded Manhattan establishment. The only thing I would have changed about the dinner would have been to slow down the pacing of the dish changes a bit -- I would have preferred to reflect about each course a bit more before the next one arrived. Still -- one of the best dining experiences of my life. Go there.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

marvelous!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Little and very noisy place but innovative cuisine and very good 'tapas' (beef tartar & squid in fried black rice).

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wonderful experience!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Came here on Saturday for afternoon brunch with my boyfriend. This is not your typical NYC brunch scene but the food was delicious. The ambience was nice and my bloody mary was amazing.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food was original and great. However, only regular coffee for brunch... we would have liked an espresso or capuccino.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This restaurant is consistently outstanding! I'm a huge fan!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Never disappoints

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Nothing to write home about

I came here for brunch with my step mom who is a food blogger. I always try to impress her through my restaurant selections. I was confident in choosing Estela considering all the buzz, but we were all underwhelmed.

Disappointment #1 - Their brunch menu is not that great.
Disappointment #2 - There was not one thing that stood out to me with the exception of thick cut bacon which is pretty basic
Disappointment #3 - Small plates with a hefty price tag.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Outstanding food made this the culinary highlight of our recent trip to New York. The share plates were surprising and delightful, each one - incredibly - better than the one before. The menu descriptions don't even come close to preparing you for what follows - the homely-sounding mushroom dumplings, for example, were astonishing. Great wine list and savvy wait staff add to a winning picture.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Muy ruidoso e incómodo. Muy buena cocina. Mucha onda

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Lamb ribs and the red snapper were incredible.

The one comment I have to say: the seating there is so weird. The bench on the side of the wall is SOOOO much higher than the chairs sitting across so then you feel like this weird giant throughout the meal.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food was great and they were very friendly and very helpful. The egg sandwich is a must for brunch/lunch. I am looking forward to going back for dinner!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The food was great, the service was average, it is very noisy, we couldn’t hear what the waiter said, and he couldn’t hear us when we called him; that was a little annoying. It is an expensive restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

It was perfect

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

More than lived up to my expectations, loved every bite and really pleasant service too.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Nous sommes français et avons apprécié la cuisine, excellente..., les vins...les plats à partager, le personnel très sympathique et très professionnel.
Nous avons été très surpris par le niveau sonore de la musique (qui est de bon goût ceci dit...) mais qui oblige les clients à parler fort, d'où un brouhaha hallucinant, dommage !...

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Very delicious. We enjoyed every bite. We will definitely recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Stellar food with a focus on flavor - no frills, no over the top presentation, just delicious ingredients treated with care. Exceptional wine list.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

What a great experience! Excellent food. The dumplings were superb.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food, great service, very accomodating.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excelent and good cost benefit . Ideal for a weekend lunch

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great food and a very lively.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food was very good but portions were very small for the money. Overall it was enjoyable

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Creative cooking, good service, winelist to improve...
Neighbourhood gem, however veeeeery noisy...

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Small plates to share and they do disclose it openly so knew this going in. They have a lot of dishes to choose from and most sounds good. It wasn't too busy on a Sunday brunch time (on the earlier side maybe). Not sure if good value but happy to have tried.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Drinks could be better.

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